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HELP ME CHOOSE A CHASE SCENE

I’m sure everyone has a favorite movie or television chase scene permanently embedded in their memory. Right? My childhood was spent glued to the television, mesmerized by the chase scenes taking place on our tiny black and white screen. Back then the action consisted of heroic cowboys riding after villainous bandits or stone-cold killers. You…

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THE SCENE OF THE CRIME

Have you ever wondered how much research goes into writing a mystery? In this day and age, it’s easy enough to Google just about anything. So how important is it for an author to be on location in order to produce an accurate scene? One that will please the reader as well as a Jeopardy…

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DYING FOR A RECIPE

As autumn approaches, what do you most look forward to? The beauty of the fall colors? Cooler nights with a fire roaring in your fireplace, a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other? A mad scrimmage on the ten yard line? For our family, nothing says fall like a tangy…

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DYING FOR A DONUT

What makes you drool over a book? Is it the title?  If so, how could you resist a book called Dying for a Donut? A lip smacking mystery. (Sorry, couldn’t help myself.) Or is it the cover that first catches your eye? COVER 1 We’ve all heard that phrase, “a picture is worth a 1,000…

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WRITERS ON WRITING

Have you ever wondered how authors write their books? Heather Haven, a hysterically funny mystery author, asked me to participate in a blog hop devoted to how writers go through their process of writing. New writers frequently ask me for the secret to how they should write. The secret is that there is no secret. All…

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DYING FOR A TITLE

I love making up book titles. Don’t you? But I have a feeling most authors don’t come up with a title first and then devise the plot! DYING FOR A DATE was an easy choice for the first book in my Laurel McKay Mystery series. My single soccer mom was struggling to juggle her kids,…

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Dying for a Daiquiri – Uncovered

Congratulations to contest winner Jaci Muzamel. Who knew choosing the cover for a book titled Dying for a Daiquiri would be more controversial than the debate over the location of the Kings’ basketball team? After reading the blog and Facebook comments regarding my four diverse cover selections, I have far more sympathy for Congress. And…

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The Deadly Daiquiri Cover Up

Congratulations to contest winner       Priscilla Caporaletti-Bean. How many of you have taken a Hawaiian vacation, only to discover paradise can be perilous? Sure, those beautiful islands offer balmy breezes, turquoise water, waving palm fronds, and sandy beaches. But what about deadly sharks? Poisonous sea urchins? And the most lethal of them all? Those fruity drinks…

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My Dream Date – Fiction vs. Reality

Every year as Valentine’s Day approaches, my thoughts turn to romance. Well, to be honest, they turn to chocolate then to romance. As a single woman, and card-carrying member of the AARP, what are my expectations for the love interest in my life? I used to go for the tall, dark, silent type but lately…

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You Don’t Know Jersey

Written by Guest Blogger Lois Winston It’s my pleasure to introduce my Guest blogger today, award-winning romance and mystery author, Lois Winston. If you’ve watched Jersey Shore or read about New Jersey in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series, you may think you know all about it. But according to Lois: ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••   I live in…

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